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Publisher's Summary

The village school of Turnham Malpas is to get a new head teacher. At first sight, Kate Pascoe seems ideal. But when she introduces meditation classes and tree-hugging, the villagers begin to think again. A strange malaise afflicts the whole village and a sudden, shocking death plunges the village into a state of superstitious dread. And always at the eye of the storm is the head teacher: Kate Pascoe. As May Day approaches, the Rector, Peter Harris, makes it his job to discover the truth as he tries to restore the village to its former tranquil ways.

Rebecca Shaw has written another compelling story in the acclaimed Tales from Turnham Malpas series - beguiling novels that add a liberal dash of darkness to the warmth and humour of village life.

©2000 Rebecca Shaw; (P)2000 Soundings

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NOTHING like a Joanna Trollope or Maeve Binchy nov

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I found this in a search for books similar to those by Joanna Trollope or Maeve Binchy. This was a huge disappointment. The plot wanders, there is no character development. Every so often, right in the middle of the 'action', the reading stops and three distant bells and music are heard. What?

Would you ever listen to anything by Rebecca Shaw again?

NO

How could the performance have been better?

The performance couldn't fix the bad writing, but really, the bells and music are just terrible

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger

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  • Cathy Swanson
  • 02-25-17

As always, very entertaining.

A gripping storey. Well described characters. sad to see residents of the village pass on but new and interesting characters come into the village. A good read.

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  • Dylan
  • 04-20-16

Easy listening

Fairly predictable but pleasant story, well performed but the ghastly music between chapters was annoying!

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  • Elaine
  • 03-17-10

good read

or listen should i say ...
was looking for a follow on after completing all the miss read books, a nice, more adult version.